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It's Our Choice
Just back from God’s Country, the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Full on winter!
Father’s weekend at DU. Had the great fortune to stay once again with my great friends Michael Totten and Jill Lancelot. They are digging Denver, having been inside the Beltway for so many decades. They bought an old house and the projects began. I’m impressed by the progress. Now the solar’s coming! “You told us we had to do it,” said Jill.
How exciting. Yes, Michael and Jill are about to invest in a solar system to cut their carbon emissions and to walk the talk. They are both life-long environmentalists. “You told us that it was the responsible thing to do.”
Perhaps I did take that liberty a trip or two ago. Hey, if my best friends, colleagues, and EcoMotion Network News readers are not ready to take action, who is?
The EcoMotion Network must be the example. We must prove that zero carbon is attainable, and actually that its energy self-sufficiency and later energy autoarky have magnificent direct and indirect benefits. Distributed clean energy paradigm makes sense. It is the desirable route, and it takes your action. Got milk? Gotta roof? Got efficiency?
It’s all the more important with each and every day. More desperate measures will be taken to cut CO2 and protect life on Earth.
A few weeks ago, President Obama highlighted just why. Without quick and decisive action on the part of the people, the government is prepared to take us back down the nuclear path. We are not alone. The Koreans are now supplying nuclear power to the Persian Gulf; Russia is equipping Iran with a reactor. Here at home, Obama made it sound like a fait accompli, that we jumped on the nuclear bandwagon and that the “fed” is pumping billions of dollars of guarantees to extend our legacy of Faustian Bargains related to energy and power.
Democracy within the environmental movement on energy? Fundamentally split it is. About a half of all American environmentalists believe the risk of radiation is less than the risk of CO2 concentrations. Some believe technology has taken us well past Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. What terrorism? What half life?
Reactors may well be safer; operator error is a constant. Imagine continuing a federal energy policy that relies on systems as fail-safe as Titanic’s, that pits people against one another, that relies on federal subsidies and life-support systems that half the taxpayers resent, and that threatens entire regions.
“So what’s the option?” might say Obama or Chu or Friedman or Harvey. They say that nuclear is safe and must be part of the mix. Really? What if we all take action, tighten our use, truly invest in efficiency and renewables? We are happy we did. Our home will not be nuclear powered. We’re part of the mushroom cloud of solar systems that create a healthy future. Now it’s your turn.